LER students will be traveling to Atlanta January 7-10 to visit a variety of employers and learn what life is like in The Big Peach.

Interested students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Atlanta, and the School will cover hotel (nights of Jan 7-9) and transportation to scheduled events. Some meals will be included at the hotel (breakfast), employers (lunch) or some snacks at alumni happy hour. Other meals and beverages as well as transportation to off-schedule activities are the responsibility of the student traveler.

First priority is given to students who attended the original trip meeting, but all currently-registered LER students are welcome to contact us to join the trip if space is available.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport North, 3450 International Blvd, Hapeville, GA 30354

This property has an airport shuttle, so you will not need to schedule transportation from the airport. If you choose to travel to the hotel another way, you will not be reimbursed. We suggest checking in on the night of the 7th and checking out the morning of the 10th. You are welcome to stay longer, but must pay for the additional nights yourself; you are able to secure our room rate for those evenings.

Each room will have two or three students per room. They are suites, with two queen beds and a sofa sleeper. We have done our best to accommodate roommate requests; your room information is available through Nell. The hotel has your name/information for your check-in.

Your name is on a rooming list that will be paid by the School. You must leave a credit card on file for incidentals. We will not pay for anything besides the room nights.

The hotel has breakfast and an evening reception covered by the cost of the room. Extra food purchased at those events are your responsibility, and you should plan time to finish your meal into your schedule if you are eating before our transportation departs.

Students who commit to the trip and then back out after reservations are made will be assessed a $100 penalty, since the School will still be paying for their accommodations.


We will be in manufacturing environments, and you won’t be able to join if you are not properly attired for safety. You should plan on wearing long pants and flat, closed-toe shoes that are not slippery, so that you can go from manufacturing sites to corporate environments. We would prefer casual slacks or nice jeans (dark color/no rips); please don’t wear sweatpants. Appropriate Illinois/School attire on top is always OK.

Be aware that any jewelry that you are wearing will need to come off and be left in a bag or in your pocket, specifically at the Pepsi Beverages facility, but maybe also at the SMART hub.


There will be a security list provided to employers with your name and identifying information. At this time we don’t have any visits restricted to US citizens only, but anticipate there may be airport locations that could change this information. Watch this page as information evolves; at this time we have only been asked to share country of origin for each attendee.

Because of a variety of security issues, you may ONLY use your phone/camera and take photographs when you have specific permission from our tour guides. We will ask and notify you. Otherwise, please do NOT take photos inside facilities.


As mentioned above, the hotel has an airport shuttle. We will provide transportation to and from sites listed on our visit agenda. If you don’t make the departure times as given by the trip leaders, or if you arrive late to the city, you are responsible for the cost of transportation to meet the group. The same applies if you decide to go out in the evening or stay late at a location, such as the alumni happy hour.

Visit Agenda (Draft format, details will change as companies commit to timing)

You should plan on arriving at the hotel at some point on January 7th. You are welcome to depart any time on January 10th. If you come late or leave early, you will be responsible for your transportation to/from your flight or the location where we are touring.

Day 1, Monday January 8

Students meet to depart at hotel by 7:45a.m.

8:30 am, PepsiCo Facility Tour – 1480 Chattahoochee Ave. NW Atlanta, GA (may have light breakfast)

11:30 am, UPS Sandy Springs HQ, featuring CHRO Darrell Ford – 55 Glenlake Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328 (Lunch provided)

5:00 pm, LER alum/partner happy hour – Yardhouse, 261 19th St NW Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA 30363 (limited happy hour snacks available)

Day 2, Tuesday, January 9

Students meet to depart hotel at 7:15 a.m.

8 am, Eaton Corporation – Peachtree City, featuring VP Dan Treiber, 1123 Hwy 74 S, Peachtree City, GA 30269 (breakfast provided)

11:30 am, Delta Airlines – 1010 Delta Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30354 (Lunch provided)

3 pm, UPS SMART Hub tour – 1 Sandy Creek Road Atlanta, Georgia 30336 – West Guard Shack